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Ash's Tepig
サトシのポカブ Satoshi's Pokabu
Poké Ball
Ash Tepig.png
Ash's Tepig
Debuts in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!
Caught at Accumula Town
Gender Male
Ability Blaze*
Current location With Ash
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Tepig Wasabi Mizuta Marc Thompson

Ash's Tepig (Japanese: サトシのポカブ Satoshi's Pokabu) is the third Pokémon that Ash caught in the Unova region.


Tepig being abandoned by his previous Trainer

Tepig once belonged to another Trainer who abandoned him after he lost to a Deerling in battle. Tepig was tied to a post. When Don George tried to untie him, Tepig broke free of his bonds and began searching for his trainer. When Ash visited the Accumula Pokémon Battle Club in The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!, Ash mistook Tepig for an Umbreon when watching a security tape of him stealing food from the nearby warehouse. In an attempt to capture the 'Umbreon', Ash then met Tepig for the first time when it was trying to eat some bait. He realized that Tepig was covered in soot and was unable to eat as there was a rope tied around his mouth, making him extremely hungry. Initially, Tepig tried to run away, but after being cornered by Ash and having its rope removed, he was carried back to the Battle Club by Ash. Later on, Tepig volunteered to help Ash retrieve his Pikachu from Team Rocket. Later, when Iris wanted to capture Tepig, it refused and decided it wanted to join Ash's team, and Ash caught him in a Poké Ball.

Tepig fought for Ash during his Striaton Gym battle in Triple Leaders, Team Threats!, against Chili and his Pansear. Tepig's attacks didn't do much damage to Pansear, but Pansear managed to hit Tepig with Fire Punch, Flamethrower and Dig. One of Pansear's Dig attack sent Tepig into the air. Ash then commanded him to dive into the hole that Pansear was in and he managed to bite Pansear's tail. Although Pansear threw Tepig onto the ground, he managed to get up and spun Pansear around, throwing him to the ground. He used Ember successfully, and then knocked Pansear out with a powerful Tackle.

Ash and Tepig

Tepig was revealed to be male in Snivy Plays Hard to Catch! when he battled a wild Snivy that would eventually be caught by Ash. Although he managed to use an Ember attack, he was hit by the Snivy's Attract and became infatuated with her, causing him to be recalled.

In A Rival Battle for Club Champ!, he was used to fight against Trip's Tranquill. Like Oshawott before him, he was defeated by two consecutive Aerial Aces due to Tranquill's Super Luck ability.

In BW015, he battled Lenora's Lillipup, which promptly used Roar to force Tepig back into his Poké Ball. After Lenora's Watchog defeated Oshawott, it fought Lillipup again and was defeated. In BW016, he battled against Lenora's newly-evolved Herdier, which soon used Roar to force Tepig back into his Poké Ball again. After Watchog and Oshawott knocked each other out, Tepig battled Herdier again and won using its newly-learned Flame Charge.

He had his third gym battle agaist the Template:Type2 gym leader Burgh in BW025, despite Ash planning to win with a type advantage, Burgh sent out a Dwebble which won with its own type advantage, giving Tepig little chance to do anything.


Tepig has been shown to not take losing very well, often getting sad when he loses, such as in A Rival Battle for Club Champ! where he fought and lost to Trip's Tranquil. This was shown again during Ash's battle against Lenora the gym leader of the Nacrene Gym. He fought against her Lillipup and lost getting depressed again, not even cheering up when Ash told him he did a good job. Tepig has also been shown to not take insults well, such as in BW019 when Cabernet called it hopeless, naive, and not suitable for battle. Tepig then proceeded to use Ember on her in anger.

Moves used

Ash Tepig Flame Charge.png
Using Flame Charge
Move First Used In
Ember The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!
Tackle Triple Leaders, Team Threats!
Flame Charge BW016
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Tepig's capture was first revealed in a short preview aired after DP190, featuring all the Unova starters. However, it was not revealed who would be catching him.
  • Tepig is the fourth Template:Type2 starter Pokémon to be caught by Ash and the third to have been abandoned by his previous Trainer. The other two are Charmander and Chimchar.
    • He is also the only Fire-type starter that Ash caught whose Japanese name doesn't begin with the character hi, and whose English name does not begin with a C.
  • Like all of Ash's Fire-type Pokémon, Tepig was caught without battling.
  • Ash's Tepig is his first Fire-type Pokémon to have its gender confirmed in the original Japanese version.
  • Tepig is the only Fire-type Pokémon Ash owns that doesn't know Flamethrower.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Tepig.

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